Baltimore Boxdorfer

A marriage took place in Perry County on this date 150 years ago.  The Perry County marriage record for this wedding is shown here. As you can see, it was Henry Boxdorfer who married Elisabeth Rauh on that day.  The pastor who is listed, Rev.  F.C. Besel, was serving Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg at … More Baltimore Boxdorfer

A Wirth-y Carpenter

John Wirth was born on March 29, 1854.  Or was he?  According to the records of Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg, there was another John Wirth born on July 24, 1857.  Since they were both sons of Peter and Anna (Adler)(Newberry) Wirth, these two would have been brothers.  Before I attempt to explain this, I … More A Wirth-y Carpenter

Devastated by Disease

A birthday will lead us to a family story that is full of sickness.  It will give me an opportunity to discuss a particular disease that once caused much death in America….tuberculosis (TB).  January 16, 1885 was the birthday of Elizabeth Boxdorfer.  She was the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Rauh) Boxdorfer.  She was baptized … More Devastated by Disease